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Hazelwood KinderCare

Ms. Laura Schaub, Center Director

6200 Howdershell Rd. Hazelwood MO 63042
(314) 895-3443 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McNair, McCurdy, Lawson, Russell, Armstrong, Garrett


Welcome to the Hazelwood KinderCare! We are located at the corner of Howdershell Road and Utz Lane, just minutes from Highway 270. Walking in our front door, you will immediately feel welcomed by our friendly staff and cozy environment. Each program is designed to foster your child's individual growth and development. From our Infant Classroom to our School Age Classroom, our teachers are passionate about every child's success. Call us today to schedule a tour of our school! We can't wait to meet your family!

Ms. Laura Schaub, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, the premier early childhood learning center. We provide a high-quality educational environment to your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff, we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call, or email with the contact information provided. We feel privileged and honored that you are considering our establishment for your child. 

  • Ms. Laura Schaub, Center Director

    I can honestly say that every day I am happy, excited, and ready to come to work to see my KinderCare family! The love and hugs from all the children are what really makes my job better than I could have ever imagined!

    Ms. Laura began working at KinderCare in July 1995. She started her career with KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher. Ms. Laura attended Millikin University, where she completed her degree in elementary education. She found her true passion working with young children and completed her master's degree in early childhood education in 2016. Ms. Laura is passionate about ensuring quality education for children from birth through school age as she ensures KinderCare has the highest quality through NAEYC accreditation. Ms. Laura and her husband, Mike, have been married since 1991 and have three children who all attended KinderCare!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shanna Gimpelson

    Ms. Shanna Gimpelson, Assistant Director

    I love knowing that I help provide a safe, fun, and caring learning environment for the families in our center!

    Ms. Shanna graduated from Lindenwood University in 2006 with her degree in early childhood and elementary education. She began working with KinderCare in October of 2006. She started as a Toddler Teacher. In 2008, Ms. Shanna began working part-time at KinderCare and worked full-time in the Special Education department at Orchard Farm School District. In 2009, she met her husband, Jon, and they were married in July of 2010. In August 2011, Ms. Shanna was offered the Assistant Director position at the Hazelwood KinderCare and began working full-time at KinderCare! In March, 2014, Ms. Shanna and Jon had their first daughter, Lucy! Lucy is now two years old, and attends part-time in our Discovery Preschool Classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shanna has previously worked as a Special Education and Toddler Teacher!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Karen Poinsett

    Ms. Karen Poinsett, Program Specialist

    Ms. Karen is an Assistant Director here at KinderCare.She is married with two beautiful little girls, Emma and Allison. Emma is seven years old in first grade, and attends before- and after-school care in our School Age Classroom. Allie is three years old and attends here at KinderCare. Ms. Karen loves working with children and seeing them learn and grow each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen previously taught third grade and was a Prekindergarten Department Assistant at Central Institute for the Deaf.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Deaf Communication - Concentration in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    The smiles I get from the babies make me smile every day!

    Ms. Kristen has been with KinderCare since March 2002. She has worked in every classroom, but has been in the Infant Classroom for the past four years. Ms. Kristen received her associate credential in June of 2011. Her goal as an Infant Teacher is to provide a caring and nurturing environment for the babies every day, as well as to ensure her parents their children are in great hands. Ms. Kristen's favorite food is pasta! She loves the color red, and she was born in St. Louis at St. Johns' hospital. Ms. Kristen is excited to meet you and your family, and can't wait to share her classroom with you! Ms. Kristen's daughter, Skyler, is currently two years old and attends the Discovery Preschool program at our school.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Babies in Motion

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Becky moved to New York when she was 19 to become a live-in nanny. She stayed with that family and traveled for four years. She then stayed with another family for four years as a live-in nanny. While she was a live-in nanny with her third family, she met her husband! She then started working as an Infant/Toddler Teacher in a corporate building in New York. Ms. Becky and her husband got married and she started working at another center where she earned her associate credential. In 2008, Ms. Becky and her husband moved to the Pocono Mountains and then moved here in 2011 and started working with KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky was a live-in/-out nanny in New York for 20 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sana, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sana has been in early childhood education for over six years and loves working with toddlers! She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in August 2016 and is planning on getting certified to become an elementary school teacher. Ms. Sana has had the amazing opportunity to move around the country, and has lived in Cary, N.C.; Seattle, WA.; Denver, CO.; Salt Lake City, UT.; and Florissant, MO. so far, but Chicago will always be home. She has been married for eight years, and has a twin sister and younger brother.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Toddler teacher at Cradle to Crayons in Golden, CO.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Toddler Classroom

    I love inspiring little minds to have fun learning through exploration.

    Ms. Kimberly has been with KinderCare since 1996 and has been working in early childhood education for 24 years. She has an associate's degree in education. She has a great passion for caring for and teaching children in their most important developmental stages of growth. Ms. Kim also loves to read! She enjoys using her e-reader to share stories with the students in her classroom!

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Desiray, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Desiray was born and raised in Chicago but has recently moved to Florissant, Missouri with her boyfriend and their son, David. Her hobbies include cooking and playing with one-year-old David, who also attends this KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Desiray has worked as Lead Teacher for infants and toddlers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (In Progress)
  • Ms. LaTori

    Ms. LaTori, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. LaTori was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended McCluer Senior High School. She has always had a passion to teach and loves working with younger children. Ms. LaTori has a daughter who is 17 years old. Her daughter is the light of her life! Ms. LaTori is also newly engaged! She enjoys her time here at KinderCare and absolutely enjoys the relationships she has built with the families and the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. LaTori has worked at Young Expressions Childcare and Clayton Childcare Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Cindy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Cindy was born in St. Louis, but lived in Texas for 13 years and Hawaii for three years. She has been part of the KinderCare family for over ten years, and has played a role in every classroom, and was our culinary chef and bus driver throughout the duration of her career here. In her free time, she loves doing crafts and watching sports (soccer and softball) with her boyfriend, Terry, and his two children, a boy and a girl.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Critters by Mercer Mayer

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Desire, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Desire is married to Danny, and they have a blended family of seven boys! Her hobbies include hiking, art, photography, playing piano, singing, and swimming. They have two dogs, two cats, and her favorite color is green. Ms. Desire loves, loves, loves chocolate candy bars!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dr. Suess' ABC's

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education; Minor in Music; Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, School Age Classroom

    I am privileged to help school-agers expand their knowledge in reaching higher goals in life!

    Ms. Ariel has been with KinderCare since 2003 as a School Age Teacher. In the course of nine years in early childhood education, she has acquired her associate credential. Her goal as a School Age Teacher is to stimulate the minds and ambitions of school-agers and to motivate them to reach their greatness. She is very passionate about helping children in their quest in life.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Culinarian

    I love how each day is different. A child can always make me smile, no matter how the rest of the day is going.

    Ms. Sherri has been with KinderCare since 1989. All three of her daughters attended KinderCare. She has worked with every age group, drives the bus, and helps with field trips in the summer. She was an Assistant Director for six years. She loves doing arts and crafts with the kids. Ms. Sherri loves to eat ice cream!  Her favorite color is green, and she was born in Alton, Illinois.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherri has worked for many years with all the age groups here at KinderCare, including being the Assistant Director at Shakleford and Croftdale for a few years.
    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

This center adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness, and maintenance standards. This center is accessible via single-entry security with keypad access, with daily sign-in and sign-out sheets, and strict parent/guardian identification procedures.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our family has been with Hazelwood KinderCare for six years. I have two children who attend this facility. They both look forward to coming here each week. My youngest is a preschooler who enjoys interacting with the teachers and other preschoolers. His knowledge has increased tremendously the past couple of years. My oldest is a school-ager who enjoys socializing with the other school-agers. She enjoys being there so much that she likes when I pick them up late, so that she can have more time there. All the teacher are fabulous with the kids. I have noticed the extra attention they would give to each child to meet their needs. From toddler age to school age, each of the teachers have been great with all age ranges. The staff here at KinderCare are professional and caring.

- Father

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